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U.S. pulls out of Vienna Convention to avoid Palestinian lawsuit

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The Trump administration has pulled the United States out of an amendment to the Vienna Convention to keep the Palestinians from suing the U.S .government at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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“The president has decided that the United States will withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations,” US National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

“This is in connection with a case brought from the so-called State of Palestine naming the United States as a defendant, challenging our move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

Bolton said the U.S. will remain party to the underlying Vienna treaty, but that it will review all international agreements that could still expose the country to ICJ resolutions.


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